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A Closer Look (Missile Defense) #192514

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, May 31, 2000
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) President Clinton's intention of convincing the Russians they can tolerate a United States missile defense system noted.

(Pentagon: John McWethy) The case for a missile defense system examined; details given of the threat from North Korea, Iran and Russia. [Secretary of Defense William COHEN, Senator Jon KYL - promote missile defense.]

(Washington: John Martin) The case against a missile defense system examined. [Carnegie Non-Proliferation Project Joseph CIRINCIONE - downplays the danger.] [Union of Concerned Scientists Richard GARWIN - says any attacker would be wiped out by the US.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) The question of whether a missile defense system would work introduced.

(Shemya Island, AK: John McWethy) The case for a missile defense system working examined; scenes shown from Shemya Island, AK, where the system would be built. [Ballistic Missile Defense director Lieutenant General Ronald KADISH, Heritage Foundation Baker SPRING - comment on the system.]

(Washington: John Martin) The case for a missile defense system not working examined; animation shown of how simple decoys would overwhelm the system. [Former Lockheed Martin engineer Bob DIETZ - says we put the space-based laser out of business.]

Jennings, Peter;
Martin, John;
McWethy, John

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